Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – March 24th to 31st, 1962

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“DEMAND FULL ACCOUNTING OF PLANT TAX ALLOTMENT”
Free Press Herald headline of March 28, 1962. 

An accounting of funds said to have been paid for tax arrears against the Payette Foundry, Penetang, has been demanded by Leo Mailloux, R.R. 2, Penetang, in a writ served to Penetang officials Friday. Royal Liverpool Insurance Co., Montreal, and Globe General Insurance Co., Toronto, are also named in the writ. The document was issued by Judge James G. Harvie in County Court, Barrie. A copy of the writ obtained by this newspaper allows that the plaintiff, Leo Mailloux is claiming that: “As Assignee of the first mortgage of the property known as Payette Foundry, Nelson Street, Penetanguishene, Ontario, that the defendants shall credit or pay the proper amount of an agreed settlement between them, the defendants, of fire insurance relating to a fire loss on said Payette Foundry on the 21st day of May. 1961. Said credit or payment, to be of date of said settlement on the municipal taxes due on the said Payette Foundry.”

    At its March meeting last week, Midland Parks, Commission corrected what it felt has been a serious bone of contention in recent years — lack of a daily vehicle admission fee to Little Lake Park.  Two years ago the commission instituted a $1 per vehicle fee for nonresidents of Midland entering the park. All Midland residents are entitled to a yearly, ticket, free gratis. No provision was made for visitors in cars wishing to use the park on a daily basis, or merely to drive through the park. Midland Chamber of Commerce officials, in letters to the commission, questioned the wisdom of the new policy. Commission members countered with the fact that there are few, if any parks in Ontario, provincially-owned or otherwise, that do not have an admission fee. A motion was then passed providing for the 50-cent daily vehicle rate and continuing the $1 seasonal fee. The $2 per day for one bus fee was also included. 

    Jack B. Thompson, president of H. J. Thompson and Sons Limited, cut the ribbon Thursday to officially open Thompson’s new Discount Furniture Mart on King Street. The store was formerly occupied by Mostyn’s Children’s and Ladies Wear. Mr. Thompson and his brother Bill, in business here for many years, decided recently a new furniture store would complement their present appliance store. Their decision seems to be vindicated, as over 3,000 people inspected the store during the three day opening, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Manager of the new outlet is Ernie Mink. He will also continue to manage Thompson’s Appliance division. Mr. Mink has had many years of experience in the furniture field, and is also experienced in interior decorating. He said it is his intention to prove to the people of this area, they can purchase their furniture at home, rather than going far afield to get good, prices on quality merchandise. 

   Long a familiar name to Midland and district shoppers, Mostyn’s store on King Street reopened yesterday after extensive alterations. Enlarging of the store at 234 King was made necessary when the other store operated by Myer Mostyn, two doors south, was rented to a furniture firm. The boy’s wear carried in that second store has now been added to the men’s wear, in one large store. Boasting new flooring, lighting and fixtures, the store has been made 30 feet longer and five feet wider than it was originally. A large warehouse section is being readied at the rear. On King Street 32 years, Mr. Mostyn is one of Midland’s oldest business men in point of continual service. With the passing of Nap Laurendeau recently, about the only store owner with longer service is R. E. Simpson. “Of course there are other, older stores in Midland, but they are being run by sons of the founders,” Mr. Mostyn said. The new Mostyn store will cater to boy’s ranges from 8 to 18 years, students and men’s wear. The firm no longer carries children’s or ladies’ wear. New daylight lighting provides plenty of illumination for customers and staff.

    J. D. Leitch, president of Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., announced this week the appointment of five chief engineers and one captain from Midland-Penetang for the coming navigation season on vessels of the company and subsidiary companies operated by Upper Lakes Shipping. They are: Hilda Marjanne, Chief EngineerD. Harpell, Midland; Gordon C. Leitch, Chief Engineer, M. T. Leatherdale, Midland; Red Wing, W. A. Silvey, Midland; Seaway Queen, Capt. F. Harpell, Midland; Frank A. Sherman, W. J. Young, Penetang. 

    Captains and chief engineers from this area have been named by four Great Lakes shipping companies for the 1962 season.  Canada Steamship Lines –  Murray Bay, Capt. C. Armstrong, Midland; T. R. McLagan, Captain R. Belcher, Victoria Harbour; Sir James Dunn, Chief Engineer R. Brooks, Midland; Lemoyne, Capt E. Jardine, Midland; Westmount, Chief Engineer A. V. Smith, Midland: Collingwood, Capt. S. Wilkinson, Orillia; Glenelg, Capt. H. Ambeau, Midland; Teakbay, N. Donaldson, Midland.

Northwest Steamships Limited – A. A. Hudson, Capt. D’Alton Hudson and Chief Engineer Gilbert Miller, both of Midland.

Scott Misener Steamships Ltd. – A. Bennett, Capt. W. J. Jessome, Midland.

Shell Canada Tankers Limited – S.S. Easter Shell, third engineer, A. Berger, Victoria Harbour. 

25 Years Ago
The new Midland Industrial Commission announced the appointment of William C. Atkinson as its salaried commissioner. * * *  Joseph Halton, who had served for three years as mayor of Penetang, received official notification from Toronto that he had been appointed a justice of the peace for Simcoe County. * * * Herb Wiles succeeded his brother Len Wiles as president of the Midland branch of the Canadian Legion. * * * Work had commenced on the erection of a new storage warehouse for Copeland Flour Mills in Midland. The warehouse was to be 60 by 160 feet by 40 feet high. * * * Midland High School Junior Girls’ basketball team by defeating teams from Welland and Trenton won the COSSA Ontario championship. * * * Midland Free Press changed its publication day from Thursday to Wednesday of each week. * * * Pupils of Midland public schools were practising under the direction of their musical instructor Douglas Major and class teachers in preparation for a mammoth musical festival scheduled for the Arena Gardens in May. * * * Midland Mayor James Mackie went on record as being opposed to the proposed raise , after May 24, of the municipal speed limit to 30 miles per hour. “Twenty miles per hour is fast enough for drivers hereabouts,” commented Mr. Mackie. * * * Walling Ruby , son of A. W. Ruby, Midland, was elected president of McMaster University’s Men’s Student Executive. * * * Midland Kiwanis Club were sponsoring dog races on the ice in Midland Harbour. * * * Midland Reeve W. S. Benson, a member of the Simcoe County reforestation committee, was scouting the district for suitable lands to be reforested under the provincial government’s new plan of reclaiming land unsuitable for field crops. 

    “NAP” LAURENDEAU, who died in his 61st year at St. Andrews Hospital, was the second famous “Nap” in North Simcoe’s story. Napoleon Laurendeau Sr., a native of Plessiville, Quebec, came to Midland in 1871 when he was 24 years of age. It was eight years before Midland became a village and he had to travel to his new home by rail, stage and boat. When Mr. Laurendeau Sr. died in December, 1935, he had carried on a business in the town for 65 years, first as a shoemaker in a small frame building at the corner of King and Elizabeth Streets, and later in a one-storey building which he built himself on the site of the present Laurendeau store. This building, according to the late George Osborne’s story of Midland, was razed by fire when Frank Currie was occupying it as a barber shop. Mr. Laurendeau Sr. then built the block immediately north of the Cumming-Nicholson shoe store, living in an apartment upstairs. He built the present Laurendeau store in 1903 for his son-in-law Charlie Beatty, as a tobacco shop and billiard parlor. Nap Laurendeau Sr. retired from the business in 1924, being succeeded by his son, Nap, who died last week. Nap. Jr., Midland’s oldest native businessman, had lived all his life on King Street and loved it. The Laurendeau tradition was a strong one, deriving from Nap Sr. and from his wife, Catherine Guthrie, who had come out from Ireland at the age of seven and lived on a farm at Wyebridge when she was won by the young Midlander, and married in Penetanguishene by Father Laboreau. When the stork first called at the Laurendeau home, George Osborne relates, godfather Alf Courtemanche rode posthaste on the only horse in the village to Penetanguishene to summon both the doctor and the priest.

    North Simcoe has recently lost in Dr. T. J. Johnston, in Angus McNabb, and in Nap Laurendeau, three old friends, three old citizens and three fine gentlemen. With their passing, and perhaps especially with the passing of the second “Nap”, went a fair bit of the early beginnings of Midland. It may seem passing strange that with the Gendrons of Penetanguishene and their famous shoepacks and from pioneer shoemaker Laurendeau of Midland began a tradition which now finds shoe manufacturing as the twin towns largest industry. 

Returning safely to the deck of Alexander Henry after taking lighthouse keeper Alex Herron of Midland to Hope Island Monday morning is this Bell helicopter with Bob Jones of Ottawa at the controls. The return trip took 40 minutes. Mr. Herron is the first keeper this year to reach his lonely vigil via this method of transportation. Sam Sirna of Ottawa is the engineer of the two man copter crew.Smoke from the stack of the CPR passenger ship Keewatin in Port McNicoll harbour heralds the opening soon of another season on the lakes. The other CPR ship Assiniboia, can be seen ahead of the Keewatin, while across the harbour are five of the largest grain carriers on the lakes. 

These proud youngsters were the winners in the singing class for Grade 1 girls at the Midland Music Festival last week. Left to right; with their marks, are Ruth Strohm 82, Ruth Shushan 83, Helen Rutherford 84, Marilyn Widdes 82, and Doris Lynn MacMillan 82.

 Midland Bantams are seen above, following their 5-2 win over Cobourg in the playoff game at Arena Gardens Monday night. They meet Burlington here Friday night in the first game of the semi-finals. Left to right are, front row—Mike Dion, Keith Bath, Fred Cousineau, Brian Merkley, Ken Blackmon, Earl Scott, Rick Leaney; back row—Rev. Len Self, manager, Pete Stuckey, Vincent Ellery, Art McComb, Bob Clayton, Bob Larmand, Neil Cote, Mike Robitaille, Doug French and coach Garnet Armstrong. 

“I ADMIT I WAS WRONG” COUCILLOR TELLS CLERK
County Herald headline of March 30, 1962. 

Admitting he was wrong, Tiny Township Councillor Mike Asselin told council Tuesday he will make a public apology to Clerk-Treasurer G. Marchand for accusations he made against him at a recent council meeting. The apology will be made in a letter to the editor of this newspaper. Asselin, himself a former Tiny clerk, accused Mr. Marchand of losing over $500 in interest on money loaned to Mountain School for new construction. Mr. Marchand denied the allegation.  A search of the cash book was made by Mr. Asselin prior to his making the charge. 

   Persons visiting patients Penetanguishene General Hospital will find a new deal in effect the beginning of next month, according to hospital officials. The regulation regarding only two visitors per patient will be strictly adhered to. And to ensure this, a card system will be in use. Two cards will be made in the name of each patient, and visitors must obtain these when entering the hospital. No visitor will be allowed in the wards without a card. Visiting hours will be strictly adhered to in the future, officials said. In addition, there will be no evening visiting hours in the children’s wards. 

 This image was the photo featured on the editorial page. There has always been something welcoming and peaceful about this view of Lafontaine along the 16th Concession. 

It’s ‘‘Hup, one, two, three” as one of the companies in the survival course at Midland Armory goes through some “boot” drill. Army officials have expressed themselves as well satisfied with the progress made by the men so far. 

Midland District Cancer Unit took the fight against that dread disease into Midland-Penetang District High School this week when pamphlets pointing out the inherent dangers of smoking for young people were distributed. Seen above is Bergit Brinkmann, president of the MPDHS student council (seated) and, left to right, Charles Vent, vice-president of the Midland unit, Mrs. W. L. Attridge, president, and R C. Gauthier, MPDHS principal. 

Four Midlander’s are sporting brand new wrist watches these days, their reward for winning the main event in Midland Curling Club’s 13th annual mixed bonspiel this week. Donor of the Orr Trophy, emblematic of the spiel championship, William Orr (right) is seen presenting the watches to, left to right, Stan Burton, Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Bertrand and Karl Bertrand, who skipped the winning entry.

 

Huronia Museum – Photo of the Week

While catalouging the Free Press negatives from 1966 we realized that it was a year of much new construction in our area. We have put together a series of photos showing some of that building boom.

New Motorola factory on the north side of Highway 12, on what was called Jones’ corner, before opening in the summer of 1966.

Although subject of some controversy at times, the new Tiny Township office is rapidly taking shape west of Perkinsfield. It is being erected in a pine grove alongside County Road 25, half way between Perkinsfield and Balm Beach and is expected to be completed around the end of May.

Tremendous size of the two new buildings being erected for patients of the Ontario Hospital at Penetanguishene is evidenced in this picture. Buildings have one of the finest settings in the province, overlooking Penetang Bay and the east arm or Georgian Bay, including the western shore of Beausoleil Island.

We have no caption for this photo but by the location it may be the current site of “Grounded”. Had been NorSim Equipment in recent years.

The new RCA factory.

One of Midland’s new plants, the Lembo Corporation Limited with head office in Paterson, New Jersey, plans to begin operations by July 1. This is a pilot plant, which will expand according to the Canadian market requirements. The plant manufactures machinery for the plastics industry, and in the initial operations will employ 19 people.

One of Midland’s most recent subdivisions is Lakeview, in the Russell – Manly Street area, south of Robert Street. Some of the new homes in this subdivision, both completed and just getting underway, are seen in this picture. New Huron Park Public School is just around the corner at the left.

Arcade Pharmacy on what used to be the site of the public washrooms. HFC next door.

Courtesy Ford, east side of King Street south, now Don Wright Motors. Was part of the Brandon farm.

Another new and very modern building going up on “the loop” is a 20,000 square foot addition to Kitchen Installations Ltd. Workmen had just begun footings for the plant when this picture was taken. KIL already has 40,000 square feet under roof from the original plant of a few years ago. And there is still plenty of land left in the property for more additions in the future, a KIL official pointed out.

Most modern truck terminal north of Toronto is this new building being erected for the Simmonds division of Dominion Freightways Co. Ltd. on Albert Street. Containing 12,000 square feet of space, it will have a central garage for repairing vehicles, as well as office and freight areas. It is one of several projects under way in Midland’s new industrial area, fronting or abutting Highway 12 to the south-east of town.

Visible at the rear of this picture is a new 5,000 square foot addition to Rowika Industries Ltd., doubling the present capacity of the firm. Rowika now has 25 men on staff in the plant and hopes to add 15 or 20 more in the future. The firm will be going into the partial assembly of parts for color TV, along with its present tooling for dies, jigs, fixtures, machined parts and special machines.

Help us identify this one??

Work is well underway on a new branch of Timber Preservers Ltd., a New Westminster B.C. firm which is building on the lakefront at the rear of the PUC building. The firm specialises in the making of steel culverts and the plant will have an area of around 6,000 square feet on one floor.

Midland’s new Huronia Museum at Little Lake Park is just about finished. The project is being undertaken as the municipality’s official recognition of Canada’s Centennial. Museum officials expect to spend the winter transferring displays and artifacts from the old building.

Simcoe County’s new archives building, its Centennial project, was officially opened this week. Costing close to $50,000, it is in effect an addition to the still new county museum at Midhurst. The museum has already attracted well over 20,000 visitors this year and is one of the area’s top tourist attraction.

Plenty of work ahead for the winter months appears to be in prospect for the building trades in and around Midland. Photo 2834 gives an idea of the large area of the new shopping plaza going up in Tiny Township just west of Hugel Ave. (Ski jump in the background.) In the lower photo ground is being broken for the new Therrien Furniture and Appliance Store located just south of the plaza. (Now Full Line Electronics)

All of this was in 1966 as well as much residential construction.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – March 16th to 23rd, 1962

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Predict April 15 Opening for Great Lakes Shipping
County Herald headline of April 16, 1962. 

Prediction of a late opening for navigation on the Great Lakes was made yesterday by F. K. McKean, district marine agent, Parry Sound. The announcement follows in the wake of subnormal temperatures that set new records for February in the upper regions of the Great Lakes basin. Below average temperatures are expected for the remainder of March.  Authorities are hoping shipping will be moving by April 15, a week later than last year. 

   A Penetang soldier who lost his life in the Dieppe raid is being honored by having a lake named after him, according to information from the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys. The lake, situated between MacTier and Parry Sound will be known as Forget Lake, for Pte. Francis Forget. He was born in Penetang in 1920 and lived there prior to enlisting. The announcement, accompanied by a map showing the lake’s location was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Forget, Peel Street, Penetang. Prior to enlisting in April 1941, Pte. Forget had been employed at the McGibbon Lumber Co. On joining the Royal Regiment of Canada, he was posted for training to Toronto. He later moved to Newmarket and Camp Borden and went overseas in October 1941. He was listed as missing following the Dieppe raid in August 1942. It wasn’t until five months later that word was received from Berlin, through the International Red Cross, that he had been killed in action. Besides his parents there are two brothers, Edward and Herbert, Penetang; four sisters, Stella (Mrs. Russel Evans), Burketon; Anna (Mrs. Reg Howe), Collingwood; Florida (Mrs. G. Stevens), Toronto; and Rosina (Mrs. Gordon Smith), Craighurst. Another sister, Ernestine, is deceased. 

    North Simcoe’s new “potato king” is Telesphore Forget, a slightly-built farmer from the Lafontaine area. Mr. Forget won the grand championship in two classes at the seed fair in Elmvale last Thursday and Friday, held under the sponsorship at North Simcoe Soil and Crop Improvement Association. He won with his display of 12 tubers and six quart basket display. Ida Maurice was reserve champion in the former and Armand Genier in the basket class. 

    John Gammell, Midland lawyer, has consented to act as campaign chairman for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal this year, Lieut. Wm. Johnston told this newspaper Thursday. Lieut. Johnston said the Red Shield Appeal would get under way May 1 and would continue to May 31. The objective this year is $4,500. Assisting Mr. Gammell on campaign executive are: John Jory in charge of the business division: W. H. Cranston, industrial division; S. J. Harman, residential division; Deputy-reeve Bill Orr, professional and special names division. 

    Keeping track of time will be much easier in future on Midland’s King Street. Supplementing the post office clock, located at the southerly end of the business area, is a new illuminated electric clock at King Street and Dominion Ave., East. The new timepiece is mounted in a large rectangular sign erected yesterday at the Bank of Montreal. 

    Penetang Hurons are back on the well-known spot following their 3-2 loss to Orangeville Dufferins in Orangeville Tuesday night. The win gives Dufferins a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Central Ontario OHA intermediate “C” group finals. They can wrap up the title with a win in Penetang Sunday, failing which they will have another chance on home ice Tuesday. 

Competing for the brand new Pillsbury Trophy, members of Midland Ski Club held their ski jumping championships Sunday. Winner was Ron Jeffery, seen in centre of this picture with Ivor Davies, left, who presented the cup on behalf of Pillsbury, and club president Gord Wallace. 

 The very pleased winner of the February draw was Mrs. Leona Desroches, R.R. 3, Elmvale, shown here at the right. Presenting the voucher to her is Lanny Davidson of Cross Country Stores. Winning ticket was drawn by Mrs. Bill Therrien of Midland. 

    Back in 1880 a young English couple chose March 17 for their wedding day. This Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, will be their 72nd wedding anniversary for that couple, Mr. & Mrs. Benn Ball. The couple have lived with their daughter, Mrs. Annie Mohan for some years now, but until both were well into their 80’s they lived in a white cottage at Midland Point, just east of Sunburne Lodge. Mrs. Ball, now 91, has reasonably good health but goes out seldom. Her husband at 92, has less wrinkles than many men half that age, except for a short hospital stay for leg trouble a few years ago, and a slight hearing impairment, he has enjoyed remarkable health. Mr. Ball was born in Rotherham, England, July 26, 1870. His wife came from a family of distant relatives at Derby. She was Harriet Mary Ball, born January 9, 1871. Following his apprenticeship in England as a cold steel roller, they came to Midland in 1908, where Mrs. Ball had a brother. Mr. Ball’s employment included construction work on the Tiffin Elevator, with the old firm of Cook and Bath. He also worked as a bricklayer and a boatswain for the late James Playfair and his brother Stewart. One of the boats on which he worked was the Pathfinder, used by the Royal Canadian Navy in World War 11, and another large yacht, the Venetia. His last employment was as a night watchman at the Simcoe Elevator. He retired in 1946. Their son Fred lives at Midland Point, and a daughter, Annie, on Ottawa Street. 

   Used Refrigerators – THE MIDLAND PARK COMMISSION – Invites tenders for the supplying of 12 used refrigerators of capacities of 6, 9 or 12 cubic feet. Please quote unit price on quantities of 3, 6, 9 or 12 units. This is for the purpose of comparing quantity prices. Tenders close Wednesday, March 21st, 1962, at 5.00 p.m. The lowest, or any tender, not necessarily accepted. W. A. HACK, Secretary-Treasurer,
Midland Park Commission. 

    To our Customers — we would like to take this opportunity to express our very sincere thanks and appreciation for the patronage we have received from you in the past quarter century. A note of thanks also to our suppliers for their cooperation. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Giroux, Giroux’s General Store,  Macey’s Bay, Ont. 

Male or female teacher wanted – May 1 to October 31 – Lake Cognashene (U.S.S. 1 and 5 Gibson and Baxter)  Requires teacher for summer months only. Small enrolment. Salary $1800.00 plus transportation from Honey Harbour. Apply in writing, giving references and qualifications to James Robinson, Box 113, Midland. 

TINY GENERAL LEVY DOWN, CUT RATE NEARLY ONE MILL
Free Press Herald headline of March 21, 1962. 

Nearly one mill has been slashed from the general levy in Tiny Township. This was revealed in the 1962 budget brought down last week at a special council session held at Perkinsfield. Residential properties will pay on a consolidated rate of 30.3 mills compared with 31.07 in 1961. Commercial assessments receive a slightly higher benefit, 32.8 mills this year against 33.7 last year. These were the figures arrived at last Thursday when county council brought down the 1962 budget. “The lower figure is attributed to three sources: lower county rate, some tightening up on expenditures, and an increase in assessment”, clerk G. Marchand said. 

    Flood conditions are very remote this year at the Greening Wire plant, according to W. E. Brown, plant manager. Mr. Brown told the Free Press yesterday the threat of flooding has almost vanished since removal of a dam on a farm owned by Thomas Brandon situated near the Greening property. The dam was dynamited last week to allow the water to run along the natural water course. Its removal follows almost two years of negotiation between Mr. Brandon, Greening officials and Midland council. In the early part of 1960 the plant was severely damaged by a flood and the company was concerned that due to the heavy snowfall this year a repetition of those conditions could occur again. At the time of the 1960 flood the company was not in full production and although damage was extensive to the lower part of the building, there were no layoffs of personnel. The same conditions this year would result in the plant closing down and temporary layoff of a great number of men, Greening officials stated. Mr. Brown said his company had given Mr. Brandon a release from any responsibility of damage, past, present or future, that may occur on company property due to water overflowing his dam. He also stated that the cost of removing the obstacle was shared in part by Mr. Brandon. 

    Coldwater — Fire of unknown origin early Sunday morning destroyed the parish hall of the Roman Catholic Church at Warminster. A wedding shower was held in the hall Saturday but stoves used in the building were said to have been left in a safe condition after the social affair. Medonte Township and Coldwater volunteer firemen prevented the flames spreading to the church about 50 feet away. The heat from the flames had started to curl shingles on the church roof. 

     Warminster – Catholic Women’s League held its weekly euchre party in the Orangemen’s Hall last night. Fire early Sunday morning destroyed the Roman Catholic parish hall causing over $5,000 damage. The Loyal Orange Association promptly offered the Catholic ladies the use of its building. 

    One of Midland’s oldest native sons, Napoleon Laurendeau Jr., died in St. Andrews Hospital Tuesday morning. Mr. Laurendeau had marked his 80th birthday Sunday. Funeral services will be held from St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church Friday morning. Nap Laurendeau, as he was widely-known across the province as well as in Midland, was an ardent curler for many years until ill-health forced him to give up the game he loved a few years ago. He was a past president of the Midland club. Mr. Laurendeau had also served as director and vice-president of the Arena Gardens Limited for more than 20 years. He had also served a number of terms on town council. During the 1940’s he was president of St. Margaret’s Athletic Association. Mr. Laurendeau was a member of one of the town’s pioneer families. His father, Napoleon Laurendeau Sr., came to Midland from Quebec in 1871, and he rented a store for $5 a month. From a modest beginning Nap Sr. prospered till he owned substantial property in the town, including several stores on King Street. He built his present store at 241 (now 259) King Street in 1903. Napoleon Jr., had operated the wholesale and retail tobacco and confectionery business since 1928. Twice married, Mr. Laurendeau is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Jos. Therrien (Veronica), and Mrs. Ken Smith (Cecile). 

    Midland lost its oldest pioneer resident March 13 in the death of Mrs. S. A. Jelly. Born in Midland August 30, 1878, Mabel Ruby was the daughter of the late H. S. Ruby, who came to Midland in 1875 and operated the town’s first bakery. Miss Ruby helped in the store and served many of the town’s old-time residents who came to buy confectionary or baking goods. Mr. Ruby was the town’s first treasurer and often paid the bills out of his own pocket until funds were available to repay him. Educated in Midland, Miss Ruby was married here to Andrew Jelly on January 31, 1917, who survives. They lived first at 265 Midland Ave., and later for many years at 306 Fourth Street. A member of the United Church, Mrs. Jelly was an expert in all kinds of crocheting and fancy work, her specialty being lace table cloths. She also had a vast store of entertaining and informative stories of the old days in Midland. 

    Midland’s rebate from Ontario Hydro for hydro purchased in 1961 will be $4,861, it was revealed at a public utilities commission meeting Monday night. Down somewhat from previous years, the rebate is “Still better than we expected”, said Stewart Holt PUC secretary-manager. Ontario Hydro, he said, is endeavoring to have the bills come out even over the year, thus doing away with the rebate. Mr. Holt was also optimistic about a new source of income for the commission — electrically heated homes.  “There are eight now and we have enquiries for two more,” said the secretary. 

    Three Midland men were charged Friday under the Criminal Code of Canada by the OPP anti-gambling branch, Toronto. Charged jointly with keeping a common gaming house are, Mayor Charles Parker, 50, Yonge Street, West; John Hendrickson, 58, 230 Seventh Street; and Crawford Wilcox, 399 Nelson Street, all of Midland. They will appear before Magistrate K. A. Cameron in Midland police court April 9. The charges follow closure of a bingo game at Parkside Pavilion, Yonge Street, West, February 27 by a 10-man OPP special anti-gambling squad headed by Staff Sgt. John Anderson of Toronto. At that time five men were detained for questioning in connection with the operation of bingo games in the pavilion. When police entered the hall about 120 people were playing. They immediately closed down the game, and told patrons to leave. Bingo equipment, books covering tile operation of the hall and $139 in cash were seized. Documents belonging to other organizations that have bingo games at Parkside were also seized. Staff Sgt. Anderson said the bingo was operated for the Minor Hockey Association and games were held every Tuesday night in Parkside. It is owned by Mayor Parker. Mr. Hendrickson, manager of the Midland office of Canada Steamship Lines, is president of the Midland Minor Hockey Association. Mr. Wilcox, a tobacco salesman, is secretary. Mr. Parker, a long-time political figure in Midland, has been mayor for ten years. Prior to that he had served several terms as an alderman on council. Investigating officers Darrell Stanley and Dave Almond of the OPP said the charges are an indictable offence under section 176 of the Criminal Code. 

35 YEARS AGO
In a tabulation of temperatures for the month of February in Midland, H. E. McCartney noted the lowest temperature was two above zero and the highest 34 above. * * * Manley Chew Ltd., announced changes in wood prices to S4.50 per load of 16 inch pine or hemlock and $5 per load for four foot slabs of pine or hemlock. * * * Special services were held in Knox Presbyterian Church, Midland, to unveil a memorial window in honor of the 16 boys from the congregation who lost their lives in the first World War. * * * A meeting of the First of July Celebration committee approved plans for a monster celebration including the decoration of streets and buildings, historical and industrial parade, children’s pageant and sports’ program. Estimated cost of the program was $I,200. * * * At a re-organizational meeting of the Midland Horticultural Society, D. A. Patchell was elected president and M. J. Bray and J. Dougherty, vice-presidents. * * * R. R. Wilson was selected by Midland council for the position of clerk-treasurer following the resignation of C. E. Smith. * * * The Baptist Young People, of Calvary Baptist Church, Midland, presented the four scene missionary play “Pill Bottle”. * * * Preparations were being made for the opening of the new Loblaws Groceteria store in Midland April 1. * * * District mariners, who were preparing for the opening of navigation, entertained some 200 friends at a party of dancing and cards in the Masonic rooms. 


Ironing out all the details for the Georgian Bay district badminton tournament to be held in Midland at the end of March will require the co-operation of all members of Midland’s Garrison Club. Taking time out between games to look after some of the work are, left to right, Dave Dunning, Terry Pike, Glen Wardell, Ernest Goldberg and John Gignac. 

These three gals shouldn’t have any trouble finding “someone for badminton”. Members of the Midland Garrison Badminton Club, they will be taking part in the Georgian Bay district tournament here at the end of the month. Left to right are Anita Cote, Jean DeVillers and Dorothy Wood. [Dorothy Wood, nee Ladoucer, died in March, 96 years young. I saw her often in the downtown, always smiling and friendly.] 

Five of the six Midland-Penetanguishene District High School students, who will participate in a panel discussion at Midland Salvation Army Corps Saturday night, are pictured above. The students and Army officer cadets will hold a “Frank Talk on Religion”. Pictured are Jim McKinnon, Joan Gropp, Helen Elliott, Bonnie Brisbois and Arthur Crawford. 

 

Members of the survival course are given instructions by chart on how to construct an “A” frame for lifting and lugging heavy objects. Left to right are; Major L. H. Taylor, Midland, Sgt. J. E. Clegg, Toronto, and Troopers W. A. Evans, Port McNicoll, A. M. Casacagnette, Penetang, Larry Magolski, Barrie, and D. E. Veysey, Elmvale. 

Anxious moment comes when recruits raise their carefully constructed “A” pole, used for lifting and lugging heavy objects. This one withstood all the tests. The six week survival course is being held at the Midland Armoury as part of a plan to train 100,000 men across Canada in the art of survival in case of nuclear attack or other emergency. A second course is slated to start April 16 and those wishing to attend are asked to register now at the armoury. 

All tied up and ready to go is Tpr. Ron Paradis, “casualty” for the day. Making sure Ron is securely fastened is Staff Sgt. George Stewart, Toronto. The 101 men on the course will be put through some pretty stiff training before graduation parade rolls around April 4. Major Les Taylor says the men are learning their work very well and he expects all will pass with “flying colours”. 

 

 URGE SELECT COMMITTEE LOOK INTO MENTAL HEALTH
County Herald headline of March 23, 1962. 

Urging the government to appoint a select committee to look into the problem facing the mentally ill, Parkdale Liberal member J. Trotter termed the Ontario Hospital at Penetang, “a provincial disgrace.” Speaking recently in the Ontario Legislature he launched a scathing attack against the Tory administration for its handling of mental health in the province. 

    The vocal section of the Y’s Men’s music festival began Tuesday in the United Church hall with Dr. Roy Fenwick paring down the mammoth entries of the Grade 3 girls and boys. The 26 girls entered were topped by Christine Brodeur of St. John’s School, Waubaushene with 85, Barbara Smith with 83, second place and Marilyn Weeks and Mary Ann Tully with 82 were tied for third. 

    A Midland firm is one of three Simcoe County companies which have been awarded contracts by the Department of Defense Production. Midland Foundry and Machine Company Ltd., has been awarded a $22,249 contract for the supply of jacks. The firm has been providing aircraft jacks to the defence department for some years. 

    If the feelings of some 50 delegates who attended the March meeting of Zone 3 at Owaissa Lodge, Orillia, Wednesday, are any criterion, the Georgian Bay Development Association will be carrying on its exhibit at the Sportsman’s Show in Toronto for some years to come. It was one of the most enthusiastic zone meetings in many months. Not only was the attendance large, nearly all of the delegates spoke their mind quite freely. In the past, many of them have been of the silent variety. Newly-elected zone chairman and former Barrie mayor, Willard Kinzie, said “the GBDA booth was by far the busiest spot in the west annex” of the show. Cost of the exhibit was given by general-manager W. N. Keefe at around $1,200. Half of this was for rentals. 

Meeting of Zone 3 of the Georgian Bay Development Association attracted a large number of delegates to Orillia Wednesday. In this picture, left to right, are Reeve Montcalm Maurice, Tiny; H. J. Beauchamp, Midland; Reeve Lawrence Devine, Coldwater; and Reeve Albert Calvert, Port McNicoll. Wasaga Beach was well represented. 

It took this group of tads 25 minutes of overtime play to win the junior “B” championship of Penetang’s Little NHL, Thursday night. Following the victory they presented their coach with a gift in appreciation of his work for the season. [The list of players in the newspaper caption had a couple of errors; this is the corrected list with thanks to  Waxy Gregoire.] Standing, John Zwicker, Paul Latour, Adrian Gauthier, Robert Mayer, Gerry Beauchamp (Coach), Brian Hook, Brent Labatt, Jerry Lacroix. Kneeling, Danny Adams, Richard Lefaive. 

Among the many Midland organizations which have given financial help to Little League Hockey this year is the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Above, Jaycee vice-chairman Bob Bates presents a cheque for $30 to league director Rev. Len Self.